Posted by: Patrick Allen Foster | January 7, 2015

Charlie

We begin with Salman Rushdie’s statement:

I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity. ‘Respect for religion’ has become a code phrase meaning ‘fear of religion.’ Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect.

(H/T: S. Abbas Raza at 3 Quarks Daily.)

Jonathan Chait has a column on “the right to blaspheme.”

Slate is reposting a column that Christopher Hitchens wrote in 2006, on the importance of being free to mock religion.

Esquire has some helpful background on the publication Charlie Hebdo. (H/T: Scott Lemieux, LGM.)

Buzzfeed has collected some of the cartoons reacting to the massacre in Paris. More will appear in coming days, to be sure.

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